Our History & Accomplishments Over the Last 80 Years

1934 PNWA was founded as the Inland Empire Waterways Association (IEWA) to provide water to grow food for a hungry nation, electrify the rural Northwest and provide a low-cost navigation channel to world markets
1938 Bonneville Dam completed to provide hydropower and navigation upriver. IEWA was instrumental in the lock being included in the design of the dam
1941 Grand Coulee Dam completed to provide hydropower and water to the Columbia Basin.
1941-1976 Seven locks and dams built to complete the Columbia Snake River navigation, hydropower and irrigation systems. IEWA was the lead proponent
1971 IEWA expands to Puget Sound and the Oregon Coast. Name changes to PNWA
1976 Columbia River navigation channel deepened to 40 feet
1983 The second powerhouse is completed at Bonneville Dam
1984 Mouth of Columbia River navigation channel deepened to 55 feet
1990 PNWA named to represent navigation in U.S. Sen. Hatfield’s salmon summit. PNWA has led navigation interests in the salmon issue since
1993 New lock at Bonneville Dam completed – leads to increased inland navigation capacity
1995 Bi-State Water Quality Study completed. PNWA co-chaired the study Management Committee.
1997 Coos Bay navigation channel deepened
1999 Lower Columbia River Estuary Program water quality Management Plan completed. PNWA chaired the Management Committee
1999 Columbia River channel deepening to 43 feet authorized
2000 Biological opinion rejects dam breaching for salmon
2000 PNWA initiated work on permitting to reduce multi-year backlog in Corps permits
2000 Water Resources Development Act passes with Sec. 214, allowing public agencies to contribute funds to the Corps to expedite permitting process
2000 $30 million authorized by Congress for Columbia River estuary restoration projects. PNWA, ports and environmental groups jointly developed the bill
2002 Corps Snake River Operations EIS rejects dam breaching
2002 PNWA completes dredge fleet study demonstrating cost effectiveness of increased utilization of the Corps hopper dredges Essayons and Yaquina
2003 GAO completes dredge fleet study confirming findings of the PNWA study
2003 Corps grants additional 12 days of operations to their dredge Essayons
2003 President Bush travels to Ice Harbor Dam to announce “We won’t be breaching any dams!”
2003 The “Miracle at Chinook.” Their channel was dredged without prior appropriation after years without maintenance left only four feet in the channel.
2003 The Center for Economic Development Education and Research (CEDER), a PNWA affiliated nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, is formed
2003 New port user fees proposed by Administration were rejected by Congress
2004 $7 million shortfall in Corps budget was overcome to keep Columbia River and Coos Bay channels at full authorized depth
2004 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejects proposal to breach Snake River dams in lawsuit over the 2004 salmon biological opinion
2004 Senate Environment and Public Works Committee votes to eliminate restrictions on the Corps dredges Essayons and Yaquina
2005 All 24 PNWA-supported navigation projects get funded by Congress. Fifteen were in President’s budget. Six were not. Three were funded at higher levels than proposed by the President
2005 Columbia River channel deepening to 43 feet begins
2005 Mouth of Columbia River jetty repairs begin
2005 Snake River dredged. PNWA was instrumental in getting the court settlement that allowed maintenance dredging to proceed for the first time in five years
2005 Congress passes an extension of WRDA Sec. 214, continuing program to expedite permitting
2005 Corps report to Congress recommends increasing work for dredge Essayons and maintaining current work levels for dredge Yaquina
2005 CEDER, a PNWA-affiliated non-profit, completes Marine Transportation System Study
2006 PNWA works with Rep. Baird to secure a second extension of WRDA Sec. 214. Extension is signed into law on March 24, 2006
2006 Snake River dredging is completed in March 2006. For the first time since 1999, the Snake River is at it’s full authorized depth of 14 feet
2006 PNWA successfully lobbies for inclusion of language removing operating restrictions from the federal hopper dredges in both the Senate WRDA and FY2007 Senate E&W appropriations bills
2006 9th Circuit Court Judge Redden rejects a motion to modify flow measures for the salmon mitigation season that begin in April 2006. This ruling maintains reservoirs at levels that fully meet navigation requirements
2007 PNWA is successful in getting 12 additional work days for the federal hopper dredge Essayons
2007 PNWA and the Corps celebrate the completion of interim repairs to the North and South jetties at the Mouth of the Columbia River
2007 WRDA 2007 is signed into law. Number of working day restrictions are lifted for the federal hopper dredgesEssayons and Yaquina
2008 CEDER completes “The Willamette Falls Locks: A Case Study Analysis of Potential Transfer Issues”
2009 Final funding increment is secured for the Columbia River Channel Improvement Project
2010 Columbia River Channel Improvement Project completed
2010 Major maintenance of the North Jetty at Tillamook Bay and Bar completed
2011 Replacement of three lock gates (Lower Monumental, The Dalles and John Day ) on the Columbia Snake River System is completed.
Annually PNWA successfully increases federal appropriations by an average of $15M per year